The Ville Platte City Council, Tuesday, adopted a new “animal adoption” agreement for anyone wishing to adopt a pet from the city animal shelter. The city took the action after receiving complaints from state animal control officials and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) over the way some people were taking care of their pets after adoption. Now, when a pet adoption takes place, the new owner must sign an agreement promising to properly take care of their new pet and take them to the vet.
In other business, the city council approved the new Evangeline Parish emergency plan as presented by the director of emergency preparedness, Liz Hill. The 800 page plan lays out all emergency contingency plans for such emergencies such as hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding and ice storms. During an emergency declaration, Liz Hill will oversee all emergency operations for the entire parish.
In other action, the city council approved calling for public hearings on October 8 to get public comment on proposed ordinances dealing with used mobile homes and usage of propane.
Mayor Jennifer Vidrine said the mobile home ordinance mandates that the owner must make sure the mobile home meet certain minimum standards and must pass inspection by the city building inspector before it can be moved in the city.
The proposed ordinance dealing with propane mandates that the usage can only for use to outside cooking and recreational purposes. The bottle size will be limited to seven gallons. It will unlawful to use propane to heat and cook inside a structure. No propane bottles can be stored inside a residence.
In other business:
--received news that the city spent $25,000 more in the month of August than the previous month due primarily to a $21,000 legal bill;
--reappointed Edward Arvie and David Ortego to another term to serve on the Police and Fire Civil Service Board;
--heard from Fire Chief Ted Demourelle report that the fire department received 28 calls including four structure fires in August;
--heard from Police Chief Neal Lartigue announce that the police department received 608 calls in August with 101 arrests, 8 felony arrests and worked 34 traffic accidents;
--received news that the cost to repair a water wll and repairs to the Sewer plant will amount to $100,000;
--heard that the film crew will be coming in to film a documentary in Ville Platte the week of October 7.